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We’ve defended lots of campus sexual assault cases, so we know just how unfair they are
by Education
Jul 25, 2015
“Two lawyers argue that a D.C. bill -- which would permanently mark student transcripts with a "scarlet letter" if they are found responsible for a sexual assault on campus -- is a bad idea.”
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Degrees of Education: The Fundamental Way That Universities Are an Illusion
by NYT > Education
Jul 23, 2015
“Research suggests that colleges are not unified by teaching standards, and that the real differences are within departments and classrooms.”
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Toxic coworkers linked to worse mental health for college students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 23, 2015
“By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Working college students were more likely to have mental health problems if they had toxic relationships with co-workers than if they were on friendly terms with colleagues in a small new U.S. study. “If you think about a typical 24-hour day for a college student, aside from sleeping, students are going to school and studying and also working part-time, four hours a day on average,” lead study author Allison Vaughn, a psychology researcher at San Diego State University, said by email. “It makes sense that the people a college student works with would also have the potential to be health-relevant,” she added.”
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University of California system to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour
by Education
Jul 23, 2015
“The massive university system announces it will raise wages to more than double the federal minimum.”
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Does Temple University still have a Bill Cosby problem?
by Education
Jul 23, 2015
“Some question whether the chairman of Temple University's Board of Trustees faces a conflict of interest because he served as Bill Cosby's lawyer.”
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Weigh the Pros, Cons of Visiting Colleges in the Summer
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 22, 2015
“Between his two daughters, Paul Stauffer and his family have visited more than 15 colleges and universities -- some multiple times -- over the last five years. Summer tours are an attractive option for busy families like Stauffer's, but there are disadvantages to visiting schools when they're not in session. Consider the following pros and cons of summer tours before you schedule your next visit.”
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3 Transfer Pitfalls for International Community College Students to Avoid
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 22, 2015
“Beginning undergraduate work at a community college is a gateway towards a bachelor's degree that many international -- and U.S. -- students pursue for many great reasons. Miami Dade offered the flexibility I needed for a smooth and enjoyable transition from the world of ballet to the world of politics. However, there are some quirks about community college that may grow into pitfalls at the end of your community college years, particularly if you are an international student attempting to transfer.”
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It’s not tenure or bureaucratic bloat bringing colleges down.
by Education
Jul 22, 2015
“A consultant argues that it's time to stop blaming tenure and bureaucracy for small colleges' struggles.”
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An under-appreciated way of teaching kids to think rationally
by Education
Jul 22, 2015
“It's philosophy, and yes, it's for young kids, not just college students.”
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Young women more likely to be 'very light' smokers, say researchers
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 20, 2015
“While overall smoking levels in the United States are down, “very light” smoking has increased, especially among young women, a new study found. Very light smokers – those who report smoking five or fewer cigarettes a day – made up about a fifth of the study’s sample of more than 9,700 women aged 18 to 25 and were most likely to be between the ages of 18 and 20, to have some college education, and to be from a minority group. The study reported that very light smokers were more aware of the risks of nicotine and less likely to report dependence than heavy smokers, and recommended the group as a target for prevention efforts.”
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How Marriage Affects Your Student Loan Repayment
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 20, 2015
“Sorry romantics, but marriage may require a heart-to-heart about those pesky student loan payments. That conversation was necessary for Mary Siders, who married in June, and is repaying student loan debt from a special education master's degree at Arizona's Grand Canyon University. She currently repays her loans on an income-based plan, which ties her monthly bills to her salary.”
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Signs point to colleges returning to basketball video games (update)
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 20, 2015
“2K Sports has current licensing with 11 top college basketball universities, according to records found by Operation Sports, and a leaked set of achievements hints they will make some kind of appearance in NBA 2K16. The Collegiate Licensing Company is a clearinghouse that handles licensing for all sorts of products for most of the universities in the NCAA.”
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Meet the 19-year-old who earned $100,000 on Etsy and paid for college
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 20, 2015
“LeiLei Secor is funding her own college education through an Etsy shop”
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To address college sexual assault issue, some say kids need more sex education
by Education
Jul 20, 2015
“There’s division over what kids need to learn in middle and high school to protect themselves from assault.”
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GW seeks volunteers to let parasitic worms burrow into their skin. Any takers?
by Education
Jul 20, 2015
“Researchers at George Washington University hope to develop a vaccine that could prevent people from getting infected with hookworm, which now affects an estimated half a billion people worldwide”
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How many colleges and universities do we really need?
by Education
Jul 20, 2015
“There are 5,300 colleges and universities in the U.S., a "system" that is the envy of the world. While top schools soar, many of the rest are struggling.”
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One proposal to help poor students get to college: Pay to send them early
by Education
Jul 19, 2015
“Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and three other members of Congress are proposing grants for high school students so they can take college coursework before they get their diplomas.”
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Rolling Stone denies it defamed U-Va. administrator in campus rape story
by Education
Jul 19, 2015
“The retracted article about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity has led to a $7.5 million lawsuit.”
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Mass murderer Breivik to study for degree behind bars
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 17, 2015
“Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been admitted to a political science course, the University of Oslo said Friday, but his imprisonment means he is unlikely to earn a degree. Breivik killed 77 people in a rampage in Norway in July 2011, claiming he was fighting against multiculturalism and a "Muslim invasion". Norwegian convicts have the right to higher education if they meet the admission requirements and the course Breivik applied for could in theory lead to a bachelor's degree that would focus heavily on democracy and human rights.”
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University of Tennessee joins schools under sexual assault investigation
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 17, 2015
“The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is under federal investigation for its handling of sexual violence, The Tennesseean reported. The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights launched its investigation on June 29 following an individual’s complaint about the university’s response to a sexual assault claim. At least six athletes on the university’s football team have been accused of sexual assault, according to the Nashville based paper.”
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Who killed Heald College?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 16, 2015
“Heald College, owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., abruptly closed this spring after a staggering $30 million fine levied by the Department of Education. Yahoo Finance explores the downfall of a 150-year-old institution.”
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Strauss: Columbia University divesting from private prison companies. Why other schools should too.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 16, 2015
“Last month, Columbia University became the first U.S. institution of higher education to announce that it was divesting from private prison companies after a years-long campaign by students. This post explains how Columbia came to make the decision, and examines why other colleges and universities should do the same. It was written by Christia Mercer, Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia, where she teaches in prison as part of Columbia’s Justice in Education Initiative. She is also editor of Oxford Philosophical Concepts, co-editor of Oxford New Histories of Philosophy, and winner of the 2008 Columbia College Great Teacher Award and the 2012 Mark van Doren Teaching Award. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project, a national initiative devoted to increasing the public impact of underrepresented voices. You can follow her on Twitter@christiamercer8.Read full article >>”
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CUNY Medical School to Open in 2016
by NYT > Education
Jul 14, 2015
“The City University of New York’s School of Medicine, which has received preliminary accreditation, will be based at City College in Harlem and will work with St. Barnabas Health System in the Bronx.”
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High schools are doing away with class rank. What does that mean for college admissions?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 14, 2015
“For many of the same reasons that some high schools now allow multiple valedictorians, many are doing away with rank, making it secret or changing the system to allow multiple students to share the top spot. This has created a new problem for college admissions officers: How should class rank figure into a student’s application when so many students come from schools that no longer provide it?Read full article >>”
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Will other states follow Scott Walker's lead on weakening teacher tenure?
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 14, 2015
“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – who announced a 2016 presidential bid Monday – faces intense criticism from higher education activists, after signing a $73 billion state budget that makes hefty cuts to the University of Wisconsin system and significantly reduces tenure protections for faculty. In the past, such cuts had to be absorbed without firing tenured faculty, whose jobs could be eliminated for fiscal reasons only in the case of a financial emergency. Governor Walker established a national political profile after a clash over public employee bargaining rights, including K-12 teachers, that sparked huge protests in the state capital in 2011.”
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Count on Showing Financial Ability to U.S. Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 14, 2015
“"It's going to vary school by school," says Clara Priester, a regional educational advising coordinator for EducationUSA, which provides international students with information about U.S. schools. The process typically works like this: Students apply to a school, and either at that point or after they are accepted the school will request proof of finances for a year or more. After a school decides a student can pay, it will send the student an I-20 form to take to a U.S. embassy or consulate as part of the application for a student visa.”
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Colleges With the Highest Percentage of ESL Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 14, 2015
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.”
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Another tie to Cuba: Colleges are forming new partnerships with the country
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 14, 2015
“For many years, the dean of the University of the District of Columbia’s law school has been fascinated by Cuba — its politics, culture and the historic standoff with the United States. So when she had the chance to form a partnership with the oldest university there, Shelley Broderick jumped on it.Read full article >>”
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Money Magazine’s new college rankings finally get it right for students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 14, 2015
“In the very long history of American higher education, the idea of ranking colleges is actually a fairly recent development.Though it seems like they have been around forever, the U.S. News & World Report rankings were first published in 1983, and at that time only every other year. In 1989, the magazine made them an annual ritual, but just ranked the top 25 national universities. In the beginning, the magazine based its rankings solely on a survey sent to college presidents and admissions directors asking them to rank their peers on their reputation.Read full article >>”
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FBI: ISIS sympathizer plotted to attack a U.S. university
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 14, 2015
“Authorities say a Massachusetts man plotted to shoot up a university cafeteria and set off a bomb there because he supports the Islamic State, the Boston Globe reports.According to court documents, Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Mass., called America “Satan” and said he wasn’t afraid to die for his Islamic faith.Read full article >>”
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The Surprising Reason College Tuition Is Crazy Expensive
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 13, 2015
“Are federal student loans driving up the cost of college tuition? A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates that’s exactly what’s happening, finding the effect of aid expansion on tuition to be more bad news than good. The study found that for every dollar awarded in Pell Grants or subsidized loans, schools raise their tuition by 55 or 65 cents, respectively.”
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The name game: Colleges rebrand to get more students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 12, 2015
“CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — What's in a name? For colleges looking to gain prestige along with more students and precious out-of-state tuition dollars, plenty.”
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O'Malley lays out plan for debt-free college
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 09, 2015
“MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley laid out a plan Wednesday to allow public college and university students to graduate without any tuition debt, saying he has the strongest record of any candidate at reducing the cost of higher education.”
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Strauss: D.C. teacher: How the PARCC Common Core test hurt my students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 09, 2015
“Joseph Herbert is a math teacher at Wilson High School in Washington D.C. who was rated “highly effective” in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years under the D.C. Public School’s IMPACT evaluation system. He is also a Math for America DC Fellow, and a teacher leader at the 2015 Park City Mathematics Institute. Herbert is a supporter of the Common Core State Standards, saying that while they are far from perfect, they are an improvement over the District public schools’ previous math standards. But he has a problem with the Common Core test that the school district used this past year. That test is the PARCC, which was created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 million in federal funds to design new standardized tests that align with the Common Core State Standards.  In this post, Herbert details how the PARCC affected his students, and he offers a path forward.Read full article >>”
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Montclair State University Receives $20 Million, Anonymously
by NYT > Education
Jul 09, 2015
“While praising the gift, the largest in the New Jersey university’s history, its president, Susan A. Cole, noted the discrepancy in fund-raising between public and private institutions.”
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South African universities trail other BRICS
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 09, 2015
“South Africa has eight of the top 15 universities in Africa but its higher learning institutions are rated as the worst performing among the BRICS emerging market nations, two separate reports released this week said. A study released by Times Higher Education rated the University of Cape Town as Africa's premier institution followed by University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The Times Higher Education report put Uganda's oldest and largest institution of higher learning, Makerere University, in third place in Africa, in a statement released on Thursday.”
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Even as Congress moves to strip his power, Arne Duncan holds his ground
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 09, 2015
“Christina Waters’s cellphone rang, and she looked down to see that the number was blocked. She knew immediately it was U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, just calling to check in.It has been that way since Waters attended a 2009 church picnic in Chicago and came away with a bullet lodged in her head from stray gunfire. She suffered hearing loss in one ear, and her college dreams were delayed. But she pushed forward, with encouragement from Duncan, who has known her since elementary school. Now 24, Waters is studying kinesiology at Sam Houston State University in Texas.Read full article >>”
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‘An amazing and bold experiment’ at U-Md games: Beer
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 09, 2015
“When football season starts, fans will be able to buy beer at Byrd Stadium during University of Maryland games. The one-year pilot will test whether legal, regulated sales during football and basketball games will cut down on binge drinking — with some fans aggressively pre-gaming with shots and mixed drinks — or lead to more rowdiness.Read full article >>”
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First Draft: Marco Rubio Calls for Overhaul of the ‘Cartel’ of Colleges
by NYT > Education
Jul 08, 2015
“The Florida senator proposed allowing low-income college graduates to repay their student loans more slowly, and letting investors pay students’ tuition in return for a percentage of their postgraduate earnings.”
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Republican Rubio urges overhaul of U.S. college 'cartel'
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 08, 2015
“By James Oliphant CHICAGO (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio called for an overhaul of the U.S. higher education system on Tuesday, saying colleges were operating as a "cartel" and not meeting the needs of students or the economy. Rubio is one of 14 declared candidates vying to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 election. It also gave Rubio the chance to expound on what has become his candidacy's central theme: preparing America for a future shaped by globalization, automation, and rapid technological change.”
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NY expands 'yes means yes' policy to private colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 08, 2015
“ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's private colleges and universities have a new sexual consent policy after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Tuesday in an effort to combat campus sexual violence.”
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What the New Gainful Employment Rule Means for College Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 08, 2015
“A new gainful employment rule has just gone into effect, and it could have a substantial impact on college students in a few years. The gainful employment regulation requires vocational programs at for-profit higher education institutions and nondegree programs at community colleges to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. Programs that fail to meet these minimum requirements could lose access to all federal financial aid for a period, putting them at a higher risk of closing.”
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10 Colleges With the Highest Hispanic Enrollment
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 07, 2015
“Schools That Attract Hispanic Students”
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Arab Region Engineering Degrees Address Industry Demands
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 07, 2015
“Tackling the world's energy problem is what led Palestinian Dina Masri to pursue an engineering degree at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Masri graduated this year with a master's degree in electrical power engineering. "The world is having an energy crisis, and we are in desperate need of cheap and sustainable energy sources to maintain a good life for our generation and our children," says Masri, who has a bachelor's degree in telecommunications engineering from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Jordan.”
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4 Academic Surprises for New International College Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 07, 2015
“It is not easy for international students to make a smooth transition to college life in America. International students have to spend time adjusting to a new environment and a new lifestyle, and students will inevitably encounter some situations that they don't know how to deal with. Here are some of the experiences that surprised me when I first entered college that new international students should expect -- and prepare for.”
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In Texas, colleges prepare for concealed weapons
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 07, 2015
“By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) - In the wake of new Texas legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, school administrators are determining how to comply with the law while still meeting safety concerns of students, parents and staff. The “campus carry” law, signed last month by Governor Greg Abbott, takes effect in August 2016, allowing handgun permit holders - who must to be at least 21 years old - to carry concealed weapons into school buildings. Texas joins seven other states that have legalized concealed weapons on campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.”
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Strauss: Teacher: How reforms that seem fine on paper are damaging our schools
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 07, 2015
“On paper, some policies sound like they make simple sense. But when all of the dimensions are understood, and these policies are implemented in real schools with real teachers and students, things that seem fair are not, and the consequences are damaging. Here, from Katie Sluiter, a teacher in West Michigan, is a post about how reforms are playing out in her state and affecting teachers, students and schools. Sluiter is a junior high school English Language Arts teacher who lives with her husband and three small children. Her writing has been published on BlogHer, BonBon Break, as well as in the Language Arts Journal of Michigan. A member of both the National Council of Teachers of English and the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, she was a 2014 presenter at the MCTE conference. She holds a masters of arts in English with a teaching emphasis from Western Michigan University. This appeared on The Educator’s Room website.Read full article >>”
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Their campaign for student government was a joke, but they’re serious about removing campus Confederate statues
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 07, 2015
“Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu just wanted to make people laugh this spring when they ran for president and vice president of the student government at the University of Texas at Austin.They were writers for the Texas Travesty, the campus satirical newspaper that puts forth candidates every year. They had never served on student government. Their campaign really was a joke.Read full article >>”
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Confederate statue vandalized at the University of North Carolina
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 07, 2015
“A statue honoring University of North Carolina alumni who died for the Confederacy was vandalized this weekend, with “KKK” and “MURDERER” painted on it.The bronze and marble Confederate Monument, known as “Silent Sam” because the soldier depicted holds a gun but no ammunition, was erected in 1913 after being commissioned by the Daughters of the Confederacy. A side panel shows a woman symbolizing the state urging a student to drop his books to take up arms.Read full article >>”
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A college-admissions disaster. And now, hopes for a happy ending
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 07, 2015
“Amelia Currin sailed through the winter of her senior year of high school in North Carolina, admitted early decision to her dream school, Sweet Briar College. She wore her pink-and-green T-shirts, talked about the school non-stop, plastered a Vixen mascot sticker onto her SUV. The private women’s college had the academics and the equestrian program she wanted, the setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains was gorgeous, and upperclassmen had befriended her the moment she walked onto campus for an unofficial visit.Read full article >>”
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Help raise two brothers, head the investing club, summer at Oxford: How one student went from poverty to an elite college
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 07, 2015
“Min Zhong, 19, arrived in the U.S. as a 9-year-old who spoke little English. Her parents struggled to make ends meet. And while her classmates attended after-school activities, Zhong grew up caring for two younger brothers while her parents put in long hours at work. She excelled in school nonetheless.Read full article >>”
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Vocations: The College Recruiter: Nakia Letang: Inspiring by Example
by NYT > Education
Jul 04, 2015
“Ms. Letang educates parents and prospective students about the college and admissions process at Fairfield University.”
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Attention, College Students and Recent Grads: The Unpaid Internship Is Back
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 04, 2015
“As long as an internship is tied to education and interns benefit more than the employer from the arrangement, companies don’t have to pay them, a U.S. appeals court stated Thursday. This decision reversed a 2013 win for former interns Alex Footman and Eric Glatt, who sued Fox Searchlight for violating labor and overtime laws while they worked for free on the Natalie Portman film Black Swan. A panel of judges in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found the initial ruling’s reasoning, which looked to six criteria presented by the Labor Department, too limiting.”
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Strauss: Do we know how to hold teacher preparation programs accountable?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 04, 2015
“The U.S. Education Department late last year released a draft set of regulations for colleges of education in what officials say is an effort to ensure that teachers are prepared to do their jobs well. But the draft regulations are controversial with educators and researchers who have written letters repeatedly to Education Secretary Arne Duncan with objections. One review of the proposed regulations, released by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder and authored by Kevin Kumashiro, dean of the University of San Francisco School of Education, cites concerns including “an underestimation of what could be a quite high and unnecessary cost and burden,” “an unfounded attribution of educational inequities to individual teachers rather than to root systemic causes,”  and  “a reliance on scientifically discredited processes of test-based accountability and value-added measures for data analysis.”Read full article >>”
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Some community colleges are working on solutions to placement exams
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 04, 2015
“So far in my series of columns on community colleges, I have been describing flaws in admissions systems, including too much reliance on placement tests that waste time and money by keeping students out of for-credit courses. It is one of many reasons why more than 80 percent of new community college students say they want a four-year degree, but after six years just 15 percent have gotten one.Read full article >>”
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Obamacare has changed medicine. Now med schools need to change, too.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 04, 2015
“As the Affordable Care Act transforms medicine, will higher education respond? Rainu Kaushal is physician-in-chief of health-care policy and research at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and  chair of the department of health-care policy and research at Weill Cornell Medical College, offers her view:Read full article >>”
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New president of Sweet Briar says he’ll work toward highest enrollment ever
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 04, 2015
“New leaders took over Sweet Briar College Thursday evening, ending a four-month battle to stop the private women’s college from closing. While some alumnae popped pink champagne — a nod to one of the school colors — professors rang the Virginia school’s historic bells to mark the new beginning.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Five things you think you know about July 4th that are wrong
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 04, 2015
“Back by popular demand (well, I like them), are the top five myths about Independence Day, adapted from George Mason University’s History News Network:1. Independence was declared on the Fourth of July.Read full article >>”
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The High Cost of Higher Education
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 02, 2015
“While you would expect the average Harvard graduate to make a higher salary compared with a college graduate at an "average" institution, this comparison doesn't take into account the cost of their education and other factors. According to Harvard's website, its tuition, room, board and fees for this upcoming academic year total more than $60,000 for those without financial aid. Recently, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program released a study ranking schools on midcareer earnings, occupational earnings power and the loan repayment rate of the typical graduate.”
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Perhaps nation's best defense leads swagger-filled No. 2 Miami Central
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“Keir Thomas's highlights vs. Armwood High School 428 views1:17 Video: Keir Thomas highlights vs. Armwood Footage of standout Miami Central lineman and Florida State commit. As an undersized cornerback out of Northwestern (Miami), Roland Smith had to carry more than his 5-foot-9 and 170-pound frame onto the field for the University of Miami in 1987. "If you're were going to play at Miami back then, you had to play with some swagger," Smith said. Photo by Stuart Browning Roland Smith, Miami CentralSmith, who played for both Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson and won two national titles, said the same is true for perhaps the nation's best high school defense heading into the 2015 season. See the full preview for No. 2 Miami Central Although his Central (Miami) squad certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of stature or talent, the Rockets — with as many as nine college players on defense — still play with a chip and a confidence that Smith likes and relates to. "These guys pursue to the ball, they're cat-quick, aggressive and are always looking to create turnovers," Smith said. "If you don't play with a certain swagger, you're not playing football at Central." Smith, 46, is just happy to be coaching high school football again after he and his entire staff, in a highly controversial decision, were let go from Northwestern in 2007 over an off-field incident involving a star running back. Smith and his staff were later absolved from any wrongdoing, but had to watch that 2007 team led by prep All-Americans Marcus Forston and Jacory Harris — and a handful of other Miami recruits — win a mythical nation championship. Many of the players dedicated a season-opening win over Southlake Carroll (Texas) — and later their entire season — to Smith and his staff. Several of Smith's assistants found other coaching jobs including Telly Lockette, who guided Central to two state titles in three seasons. When Lockette left to take an assistant's job at South Florida in the spring of 2013, Smith decided it was time to return to high-level coaching. He had spent a lot of time during his six seasons away from coaching raising his son, Roland III. Smith said he didn't want to disrupt what Lockette had built and instead has simply added to the Rockets' dynasty. Since he took over, they are 27-2 with two Florida 6A titles — four in five years — and come into 2015 as the No. 2 squad in the MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Early Contenders. It's been a happy return since he felt wrongly pushed out of something he loved to do. "It's an awesome job to be a high school football coach," he said. "I'm proud to be a role model like my high school coaches were to me. Photo by Stuart Browning Donovan Thompson, Miami Central"I want to make sure the kids from our community be the best they can be on and off the football field and try to get them at the very least a college education." Two of his senior defensive linemen, Eric Mitchell (6-3, 240, Florida) and Keir Thomas (6-2, 240, Florida State), have already secured commitments to their colleges. Third-year starter Donavan Thompson (5-10, 211) leads a impressive lot of linebackers that also includes Miami-commit Waynmon Steed, a 6-1, 210-pound junior. The secondary is loaded, led by 6-4, 187-pound cornerback and safety Jamel Cook (Florida State), along with Jamal Hudson (6-0, 185) and a pair of junior cornerbacks Christopher Williams (5-10, 175) and Allen Jones (5-10, 175). As if the defense needed any more bolstering, Smith brought former Oakland Raiders and Florida State safety Derrick Gibson to be the team's new defensive coordinator. The Rockets gave up just 12 points per game last year and recorded four shutouts. This defense could be even better. "We have a lot of talented kids," Smith said. "It's our job to get the most out of them." Photo by Stuart Browning Miami Central seeks its third straight Florida state title and fifth in six years.”
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3 Ways Colleges Are Working to Improve Online Learning
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Jun 30, 2015
“For many online students, the flexibility of an online degree or certification program outweighs the possibility of a less immersive student experience. But without having to physically walk into a classroom, an adviser's office or a study session, experts say students who are struggling to keep up or stay interested in course work are sometimes more difficult to recognize and easier to ignore. As a result, some programs are using innovative methods to foster an online educational experience that is more supportive, engaging, and responsive to student demands.”
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Find Child Care Resources for Community College Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“"Managing child care, school responsibilities and often work can be extremely challenging , and the difficulties with child care can be one of the primary reasons that students with children have to take breaks from school , or possibly quit and never return," says Barbara Gault, vice president and executive director of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a research organization that focuses on women's issues. For one thing, child care is expensive. In many states the average cost of child care often exceeds the cost of housing, tuition, food and transportation, according to a 2014 report from Child Care Aware of America.”
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Three former Berkeley students sue university over sexual assaults
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, says Berkeley failed to comply with a federal regulation known as Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. The White House has declared sex crimes an "epidemic" on U.S. college campuses, with one in five students falling victim to sex assault during their college years. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges, including Berkeley, that were under investigation to determine if their handling of sexual assaults and harassment violated Title IX.”
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U.S. Colleges Adapt as More Chinese Undergrads Come to Campus
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Jun 30, 2015
“Chinese undergraduate Tianyi Zhang had seen plenty of movies and TV shows about the U.S., but nothing could quite prepare her for what she would encounter on a North American campus. "There are lots of differences in our living habits -- the food, the lifestyle," says Zhang, a rising senior and computer science major at Purdue University--West Lafayette. Zhang is one of the increasing number of Chinese undergraduates enrolling at U.S. colleges.”
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10 Colleges Where Freshmen Are Most Likely to Come Back
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.”
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U.S. bankruptcy judge pushes debt relief for Corinthian students
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Jun 30, 2015
“The U.S. government and former students of Corinthian Colleges, which closed in April, need to promote the government's loan relief program before asking for a stay on all student debt collections, a U.S. Bankruptcy judge said on Tuesday. Judge Kevin Carey in Wilmington, Delaware, declined to rule on a request by an official committee of Corinthian students to halt all loan repayments amid allegations the company misrepresented itself to prospective students. Corinthian Colleges Inc became the largest failure in for-profit higher education when it abruptly closed 28 schools in April and left 16,000 students without classes.”
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Veterans respond to fraternity brother, complaining of insults
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 30, 2015
“After several investigations concluded that fraternity brothers did not intentionally target wounded combat veterans at a Florida resort this spring — initial reports that students spat on veterans and urinated on an American flag lit up the Internet and prompted 70 death threats to a fraternity at the University of Florida — one student wrote about how it felt to be blindsided by accusations.Read full article >>”
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New president for Hood College
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Jun 30, 2015
“Andrea Chapdelaine will be the next president of Hood College, school officials announced Tuesday.She succeeds Ronald Volpe, who served as president of the private liberal-arts college in Frederick for 14 years. During his tenure, the school began admitting male students for the first time.Read full article >>”
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Sweet Briar gets $5 million from supporters, double the amount promised
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 30, 2015
“Supporters of Sweet Briar College, in an action both concrete and symbolic, gave $5 million to the school Tuesday.It was two days early, and twice as much as Saving Sweet Briar had committed to pay in a court settlement to keep the private women’s college open this year.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Scores from botched June SAT testing released as controversy escalates
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 29, 2015
“Scores for the June 6 SAT are now out, and a controversy that erupted over the botched administration of the college admissions exam is only escalating. To wit: Class-action lawsuits have been filed in three states, the reliability and fairness of the results are being questioned, some students who want to accept the College Board’s offer to retake the SAT for free on Oct. 3 can’t because they are taking SAT Subject tests on the same day, and calls are being made for the entire test to be made public.Read full article >>”
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Principal addresses Harvard-Stanford admissions hoax that led to scandal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 29, 2015
“In the wake of an international scandal, the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology described a student’s elaborate college admissions hoax that garnered massive media attention as unrepresentative of the elite Virginia school.Read full article >>”
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Social life is good for your brain, and other important research
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 29, 2015
“Indiana University assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick said it best: “Some people may think watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough topic for academic research, but…”But, it’s summer. So instead of detailing troubling news from Columbia ecologists who tracked disease-carrying ticks creeping beyond their usual habitats, this research roundup brings cat vid news.Read full article >>”
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The Supreme Court will consider race in college admissions — again
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Jun 29, 2015
“The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider the issue of race in college admissions, taking another run at a highly charged topic. The case will be watched closely for its potential impact on how students are selected, and how college officials seek to diversify their incoming classes.Read full article >>”
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Four reasons community colleges are on the rise
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 26, 2015
“According to a recent Gallup poll, two in three Americans rank a community college education as high as a four-year program. Traditionally, students who attend community college education are driven primarily by price tag. “The only consistently affordable options that remain are community colleges,” says Ben Miller, senior director for post-secondary education at the Center for American Progress.”
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College of Charleston president: Remove Confederate battle flag from statehouse grounds
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 26, 2015
“Glenn F. McConnell, president of the public College of Charleston, called Thursday for the removal of the Confederate battle flag that flies on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. McConnell’s views on the flag are significant because he served for many years as a Republican state senator and then lieutenant governor. He has described the flag as an emblem of the state’s cultural heritage and defended its public display. In 2000, he brokered legislation to move the flag from the statehouse dome in Columbia to a 30-foot pole next to a Confederate war memorial.Read full article >>”
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Trial for man accused of killing U-Va. student is set for July 2016
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 26, 2015
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — The man who allegedly killed University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham is scheduled to go to trial in July 2016, after a local judge set the trial date Thursday.Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl V. Higgins also declined to recuse herself from the case against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. Matthew, 33, who faces the possibility of a death sentence on charges related to the disappearance and slaying of Graham, an 18-year-old from Fairfax County who disappeared in September.Read full article >>”
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Student who was denied, admitted, denied at Johns Hopkins clears the bar at U-Va.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 26, 2015
“Sam Stephenson doesn’t hold a grudge.The student from Virginia’s Culpeper County was denied early admission last fall to Johns Hopkins University, his first choice. Then he received a welcome-to-Hopkins e-mail that urged him to “Embrace the YES!” Then, like 293 others, he received a follow-up e-mail from the elite university in Baltimore telling him to please disregard that mistaken missive of good news.Read full article >>”
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U-Mich. survey: 22.5% of female undergrads were victims of sexual misconduct
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Jun 25, 2015
“This story has been updated.More than 20 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Michigan said they were victims of non-consensual sexual behavior within the past year, the school said Wednesday in releasing results of a campus survey on sexual misconduct.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Meet Schuyler Bailar, Harvard’s pioneer transgender swimmer
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 25, 2015
“Meet Schuyler Bailar, a new member of the men’s swimming team at Harvard University. What makes Bailar different from all the other men on the nearly 40-man squad is that he was originally recruited to Harvard in 2013 as a female to swim on the women’s team, before he went through a gender transition. This makes Bailar the first openly transgender swimmer in NCAA history.Read full article >>”
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10 Colleges with the Most Students in Fraternities
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 24, 2015
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.”
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Were one in five college women sexually assaulted? The debate over numbers continues.
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 24, 2015
“How widespread is the problem of sexual assault in college?The headline finding from a new national poll — that 20 percent of young women say they were sexually assaulted in college — spurred fresh debate about the question, which is a central discussion point on the nation’s campuses.Read full article >>”
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BASIS to launch a private school in McLean
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 24, 2015
“College professors Michael and Olga Block became frustrated by the plodding pace of American education as compared with advanced classrooms overseas, and in 1998 they opened their own school in a worn-out shopping mall in Tucson.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 22, 2015
“If you haven’t heard the claim that blended learning is the present and future of education, you haven’t been listening. It is one of the central features of modern school reform, with proponents proclaiming that it helps personalize education, cuts costs and allows students to be more productive.  Sounds great, doesn’t it? But is it? Here’s a look at the hype, the harm and the hope of blended learning, by Phil McRae is an executive staff officer with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and adjunct professor within the faculty of education at the University of Alberta, where he earned his PhD. This  article was printed in the Summer 2015 edition of the ATA Magazine.By Phil McRaeBlended learning, where students’ face-to-face education is blended with Internet resources or online courses, has been gaining considerable attention in education reform circles. It has become entangled with the ambiguous notion of personalized learning and is being positioned as the new way to individualize learning in competency-based education systems. Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, and a key proponent of blended learning, claims that it is the “new model that is student-centric, highly personalized for each learner, and more productive, as it delivers dramatically better results at the same or lower cost” (Horn and Staker 2011, 13). To what extent is this a new model of learning in a digital age? How are private corporations employing old rhetoric to advance new avenues into public education? Most importantly, is blended learning becoming yet another overhyped myth on the crowded road of technology-as-education-reform panacea?ORIGINS OF A MYTHStudents blending the use of technology with face-to-face instruction as a means of collaborating and extending their learning experiences is not unusual, revolutionary or foreign to the average Canadian classroom. As a concept, blended learning is now almost two decades old, having been imported into K—12 education in the late 1990s from corporate education, business training firms and the post-secondary education sector. Although the precise origin is unclear, it has been suggested that an Atlanta-based computer training business coined the term in 1999 (Friesen 2012), as it announced the release of a new generation of online courses for adults that were to be blended with live instruction.Many blended learning practices already fit well with a vast array of hybrid face-to-face and digital experiences that students encounter in K—12 schools, including distributed learning, distance learning, or e-learning. Dr. Norm Friesen, a key academic in this area, suggests that blended learning “designates the range of possibilities presented by combining Internet and digital media with established classroom forms that require the physical co-presence of teacher and students” (Friesen 2012). As this broad definition illustrates, it would be difficult to find any use of technology in education that does not easily fit into this boundary.Despite this fluidity of meaning, different models of blended learning have taken shape. In particular, Staker and Horn (2012) have attempted to classify blended learning environments into four models: rotation, flex, self-blend and enriched virtual. These four combinations range from those that are more connected to people and brick-and-mortar buildings (rotation, flex) to contexts in which the students are primarily self-directed through online courses or platforms that “deliver” the curriculum (self-blend and enriched virtual). In the more self-directed models, teachers or non-certificated facilitators are conditional and only scheduled for support as deemed necessary.Although many models have been implemented over the last 20 years, there is scant evidence of the success of blended learning. Out of 46 robust research studies conducted between 1996 and 2008, only five have focused on results for students in K—12 settings (Murphy et al. 2014). As a recent article in Education Week illustrates, when looking for strong evidence of success around this strategy for K—12 students, very little “definitive evidence” or few significant results can be directly attributed to blended learning (Sparks 2015).HYPEThe current hype around blended learning models, especially in the United States, is that they bring to life personalized learning for each and every child. Personalized learning, as promoted under a new canopy of blended learning, is neither a pedagogic theory nor a coherent set of learning approaches, regardless of the proposed models. In fact, personalized learning is an idea struggling for an identity (McRae 2014, 2010). A description of personalization that’s tightly linked to technology-mediated individualization “anywhere, anytime” is premised on archaic ideas of teaching machines imagined early in the 20th century (McRae 2013).Some blended learning rhetoric suggests that personalization is to be achieved through individualized self-paced computer programs (known as adaptive learning systems), combined with small-group instruction for students who have the most pressing academic needs. For those looking to specifically advance blended learning in times of severe economic constraints, a certificated teacher is optional.Software companies selling their adaptive learning products boldly state that the “best personalized learning programs will give students millions of potential pathways to follow through curricula and end up with the desired result — true comprehension” (Green 2013). This is part of the myth of blended learning and is marketed using superficial math and reading software programs (adaptive learning systems) that make dubious claims of driving up scores on high-stakes tests. Corporate attempts to “standardize personalization” in this way are both ironic and absurd.These adaptive learning systems (the new teaching machines) do not build more resilient, creative, entrepreneurial or empathetic citizens through their individualized, standardized, linear and mechanical software algorithms. On the contrary, they diminish the many opportunities for human relationships to flourish, which is a hallmark of high-quality learning environments.One of the blended learning examples that has received perhaps the greatest attention is the “flipped classroom.” It is so named because it inverts classroom instruction during the day, so that students watch online video of lectures at home at their own pace, perhaps communicating with peers and teachers via online discussions in the evening, and spend their days doing homework in the classroom. Think of the popular media hype and mythical cure for math challenges sold to the public by the Khan Academy. There is nothing revolutionary or deeply engaging about pure lecture as a pedagogy, yet apparently adding hours of digitally distributed video each evening to a child’s life makes it so. In fact, research suggests that the use of this type of lecture recorded technology, as a primary approach to learning, can result in students falling behind in the curriculum (Gosper et al. 2008).Many myths, when viewed up close, provide deep reflections of ourselves and society. Technologies in particular have amplified our North American desires for choice, flexibility and individualization, so it’s easy to be seduced by a vision of blended learning environments delivering only what we want, when and how we want it customized.The marketing mantra from corporations as diverse as media conglomerates to banks is that of services at any time, in any place or at any pace. Many governments have in turn adopted this in an eagerness to reduce costs with businesslike customization and streamlined workforce productivity, all with the expectation that a flexible and blended education system will be more efficient and (cost) effective.In the mythical space of blended learning, class sizes apparently no longer matter and new staffing patterns begin to emerge. The amount of time students spend in schools becomes irrelevant as brick-and-mortar structures fade away. However, this myth disregards the overwhelming parental desire and societal expectation that children and youth will gather together to learn in highly relational settings with knowledgeable and mindful professionals (teachers) who understand both the art and science of learning. As John F. Kennedy (1962) so eloquently stated: “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.”The U.S. Department of Education (2013) has clearly articulated a commitment to making blended learning come to life through nebulous ideas of competency-based systems and personalized learning.“Transitioning away from seat time, in favor of a structure that creates flexibility, allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. By enabling students to master skills at their own pace, competency-based learning systems help to save both time and money … make better use of technology, support new staffing patterns that utilize teacher skills and interests differently .… Each of these presents an opportunity to achieve greater efficiency and increase productivity.”The cost efficiency and effectiveness rhetoric must be given special attention as part of the myth of blended learning in competency based systems.HARMSchools and classrooms across North America are being subjected to economic volatility and severe constraints by reduced public  education funding. Blended learning can be positioned as the vehicle to bring in third-party education providers to wipe out the expectations of small class sizes and certificated teachers in traditional classrooms. This idea is gaining momentum through a variety of U.S. virtual and charter schools that are radically reducing the numbers of teachers and executing increased class sizes under the banner of blended learning. As Michael Horn states when asked to give expert advice on blended learning models, “budget cuts and teacher shortages are an opportunity, not a threat” (Horn et al. 2014).As school jurisdictions across the United States turn to online learning and blended models as a way to reallocate resources, the private providers are also advocating for “eradicating rules that restrict class size and student-teacher ratios” (Horn and Staker 2011, 13). To achieve this means lifting the rules around teacher certification so that schools can replace teachers at will with para-professionals or non-certificated individual learning specialists. As Christensen and Horn (2008) suggest, “Computer-based learning on a large scale is also less expensive than the current labor intensive system and could solve the financial dilemmas facing public schools” (13).To enable this in an education system, several policies must be enshrined by governments that would allow private schools, virtual cyber-charter schools or educational technology companies direct access to students outside of a protected public system. The first is to open up multiple pathways of learning, which are more flexible in terms of time and space, and designed around technology solutions that only the company can deliver.The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries in America, is a clear backer of redefining and expanding the role of the teacher, and advocates that “teacher contracts and other regulatory constraints may also need to be addressed to provide the flexibility in a teacher’s role needed to make this dramatic shift in instruction” (Wolf 2010, 15).On the surface, this flexibility sounds promising, as teachers and school leaders certainly recognize that the industrial model of command and control does not fit with our hyper-connected world. Yet the flexibility of any-time, any-place learning is manifesting itself in the United States around adaptive learning software programs or mandatory online learning courses that are being delivered by private companies. New course access legislation (as found in Wisconsin, Texas, Utah, Florida, Michigan and Minnesota) now allows anyone to teach online courses to students regardless of jurisdiction, certification or geographic location (Dwinal 2015). In other words, every course, for every student, anywhere, anytime — and now — taught by anyone. Half the teachers, but sold as twice the fun?In the case of K12 Inc., the United States’ largest private for-profit provider of online education for grades K—12, student-teacher ratios are as high as one teacher to 275 students (Aaronson and O’Connor 2012). As a former president and CEO at McGraw-Hill Education affirmed: “With this new method and capability, all of a sudden you could see a teacher handling many more students … the productivity could double or triple” (Olster 2013).The harsh reality, however, is that private online schooling is not about new blended learning models, flexibility or choice, it is about profit through the constant cycle of enrollment and withdrawal of students known as the “churn rate” (Gibson and Clements 2013). In contrast, our current publicly funded and publicly delivered online schools across Alberta reinforce the important role of certificated teachers as compassionate and empathetic architects of learning who work relentlessly to reduce the drop-out rates and increase student engagement in virtual learning environments.Rocketship Education, one of the many rapidly growing charter schools out of the United States, has adopted a rotation model of blended learning known as the Rocketship Hybrid School Model for kindergarten to Grade 5 students. It combines online learning on campus with traditional classroom-based activities in order to save $500,000 per charter school per year in teacher salary costs (Danner 2010).To accomplish this, Rocketship Education has cut half its teachers, changed its scope of practice and hired low-paid adults to supervise and monitor students in computer labs. The new staffing patterns within this rotation blended learning model place the schools in a one to 100-plus student/teacher ratio, with one or two low-wage computer lab monitors. These support personnel are endowed with titles like “individual learning specialists,” “coaches” or “facilitators” (Public Broadcasting Service 2012).Without certificated teachers present, there is a need to gather data on student performance, so the children spend a great deal of time in a computer lab with an adaptive learning program monitoring their every interaction. John Danner, former CEO of Rocketship Charter Schools and a former board member of DreamBox Learning Inc., promotes increased screen time during the day for children. He thinks that as the quality of software improves, “‘Rocketeers’ could spend as much as 50 percent of the school day with computers” (Strauss 2013). How many hours of development, in the minds and bodies of children and youth, are we willing to sacrifice for more individualized computer-human interactions under the guise of blended learning?If blended learning through the rotation model is to be defined by reducing the number of certificated teachers in schools and placing students in computer labs to spend half of their day in front of math and reading software programs, then education in the 21st century is indeed heading down an antiquated and very dangerous path. This is not historically the way blended learning has come alive in Alberta classrooms, nor should it be our preferred future.HOPEThe growth of digital media and the Internet has led to an explosion of resources and opportunities for teachers, students and learning communities. A constant shift is occurring with different mobile apps, blogs, video podcasts, social media tools, e-learning courses, or learning management systems in schools that all promise to help teachers create and organize student work, provide (real-time) feedback or communicate more efficiently.With the proliferation of digital tools in our lives, many K—12 students now experience learning through a blend of face-to-face and digital or online media and are able to access new ideas and resources where student attitudes and engagement towards their education can be positively supported. If blended learning is to lead to positive outcomes for students, then it must be highly relational, active and inquiry oriented (both online and offline), and commit to empowering students with digital tools.If done right, blended learning can be used to support more equitable access to learning resources and discipline-specific expertise. It may also engage students (and teachers) in a variety of online and offline learning activities that differentiate instruction and bring greater diversity to the learning context. Improving communication between teachers, students and parents and extending relationships across boundaries and time may also be an outcome of blended learning.It may also hold value by employing certain technologies that help teachers and students to formatively assess learning.To make this truly hopeful, school-based technology infrastructure must be robust and up-to-date, with equitable access, and the necessary resources (human and technology) must be made available to pedagogically support the blending. It is not tenable if Internet connectivity is unreliable or limited, or if there exists inequitable access to bandwidth or technology infrastructure in the school and home. Finally, if technical glitches are pervasive, or if dependable technical support is not available for students and teachers, then it is unlikely that blended learning will be a sustainable concept.CONCLUSIONBlended learning is not a new term nor a revolutionary concept for classrooms in this second decade of the 21st century. However, the way it is being (re)interpreted could be hopeful or harmful depending on how it is implemented. It is an increasingly ambiguous and vague notion that is growing in popularity as many groups try to claim the space and establish the models, despite a lack of evidence and research. We should therefore be skeptical around the mythos of blended learning before endorsing or lauding it as the next great reform.Blended learning has occupied a place in discourses of educational change for well over a decade, but it cannot be co-opted into a movement that displaces the human dimension of learning with an economic imperative to reduce labor costs by cutting the teaching population in half. Of particular concern in times of severe economic restraint is that high schools may become the testing ground for policymakers looking at ways to redesign by cutting certificated teachers in favor of massive online cohorts of students tutored by “facilitators” or “individual learning specialists.”Technologies should be employed to help students become empowered citizens rather than passive consumers. Innovations are needed in education that will help to create a society where people can flourish within culturally rich, informed, democratic, digitally connected and diverse communities. We should not descend into a culture of individualism through technology where our students are fragmented by continuous partial attention.For the vast majority of students within Alberta’s K—12 public education system, we must achieve a more nuanced balance that combines both digital technologies and the physical presence of a caring, knowledgeable and pedagogically thoughtful teacher. This is not an optional “nice to have,” but a “must have” if children and youth are to build resilience for the future. Blended learning may be (re)shaped by privatization myths, with adaptive learning systems as their voice, but in Alberta, our teachers still remain the quintessence of the human enterprise of paying it forward for our next generation. It is time for Alberta teachers to claim the space of blended learning and push back at the myths and questionable rhetoric.—REFERENCES Aaronson , T., and J. O’Connor. 2012. “In K12 courses, 275 students to a single teacher.” Miami Herald, September 16. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/16/3005122/in-k12-courses-275-students-to.html.Christensen, C. M., and M.B. 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F. 1962. “Yale University Commencement Address.” Transcript of speech given at Yale University, New Haven, CT, June 11, 1962. Miller Center, University of Virginia website. http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/speech-3370 (accessed May 5, 2015).McRae, P. A. 2010. “The Politics of Personalization in the 21st Century.” Alberta Teachers’ Association Magazine 91, no. 1: 8—11.McRae, P. A. 2013. “Rebirth of the Teaching Machine through the Seduction of Data Analytics.” Alberta Teachers’ Association Magazine 93, no. 4. Also available at http://philmcrae.com/2/post/2013/04/rebirth-of-the-teaching-maching-through-the-seduction-of-data-analytics-this-time-its-personal1.html (accessed May 5, 2015).McRae, P. A. 2014. “[Debate] Challenging the Promise of Personalized Learning — WISE 2014.” World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwI4oC_A0IM (accessed May 5, 2015).Murphy, R., E. Snow, J. Mislevy, L. Gallagher, A. Krumm and X. Wei. 2014. Blended Learning Report. Austin, TX: Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.Olster, S. 2013. “Better Technology and More Productive Teachers are Just Around the Corner.” Fortune website. http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/01/10/the-future-of-the-classroom (accessed May 5, 2015).Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). 2012. “Can ‘Rocketship’ Launch a Fleet of Successful, Mass-Produced Schools?” PBS Newshour, December 28. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education-july-dec12-rocket_12-28/ (accessed May 5, 2015).Sparks, S. D. 2015. “Blended Learning Research Yields Limited Results.” Education Week, April 13. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/04/15/blended-learning-research-yields-limited-results.html (accessed May 5, 2015).Staker, H., and M.B. Horn. 2012. “Classifying K-12 Blended Learning.” Clayton Christensen Institute website. http://www.christenseninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Classifying-K-12-blended-learning.pdf (accessed May 5, 2015).Strauss, V. 2013. “Rocketship Charter Schools Revamping Signature ‘Learning Lab’.” The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, January 25.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/25/rocketship-charter-schools-revamping-signature-learning-lab (accessed May 5, 2025).U.S. Department of Education. 2013. “Competency-Based Learning or Personalized Learning.” U.S. Department of Education website. http://www.ed.gov/oii-news/competency-based-learning-or-personalized-learning (accessed May 5, 2015).Wolf, M. A. 2010. Innovate to Educate: System [Re]design for Personalized Learning, A Report from the 2010 Symposium. Software & Information Industry Association. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/CSD6181.pdf (accessed May 5, 2015).Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Student: Why teachers should not assign Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 22, 2015
“Kelsey May is an incoming senior at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she is majoring in writing and minoring in English — which means that she reads a great deal. She read two posts I recently published about Shakespeare — one by a teacher who doesn’t want to assign the Bard in class anymore and another by a teacher who thinks it is ridiculous not to — and she  decided to add her voice to the discussion in the following post. Kelsey May has a passion for sociology and social justice, and is an avid reader and performance poet. She graduated in 2012 from Northview High School in Grand Rapids, where she took AP English courses during junior and senior years, as well as creative writing electives.Read full article >>”
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Sweet Briar survives: Judge approves settlement deal to keep the college open
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 22, 2015
“Supporters jumped to their feet, cheered and called out, “Holla, holla!” Monday after a circuit court judge approved a deal Monday to keep Sweet Briar College open next year.That morning, lawyers from all sides — including those representing the three lawsuits challenging the decision to close the private women’s college; those representing the college administration; and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring — made the case for saving Sweet Briar.Read full article >>”
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Sweet Briar Reaches Deal to Stay Open
by NYT > Education
Jun 21, 2015
“A judge must approve a settlement that would allow Sweet Briar College, a women’s school in Virginia, to remain open for at least another year.”
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Washington State President Elson Floyd dies at 59
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 21, 2015
“SEATTLE (AP) — Elson Floyd, the popular president of Washington State University whose influence in higher education and politics spread beyond the school in rural eastern Washington, has died from complications of colon cancer. He was 59.”
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The college president in Charleston who pushed to keep the Confederate battle flag flying outside the S.C. capitol
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 21, 2015
“Glenn F. McConnell, president of the College of Charleston, leads an academic community in mourning after a massacre at a nearby black church in his native city.Among the nine slain in the shootings Wednesday at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was a librarian who for many years worked part-time for the public liberal arts college. “Cynthia Hurd was a beloved and valued member of our College family,” McConnell wrote the next day. He pledged that the community would “let the world see how we can and will come together and support one another in our most difficult times. That is the true measure of the people of Charleston. That is our most powerful witness in the face of evil.”Read full article >>”
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Agreement reached to keep Sweet Briar College open
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 21, 2015
“Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s office announced Saturday night that an agreement has been reached to keep Sweet Briar College open next year.The agreement, which requires court approval, involves a $12 million commitment from an alumnae group and permission from the attorney general to release $16 million from the school’s endowment.Read full article >>”
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Harvard-Stanford admissions hoax becomes international scandal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 20, 2015
“The Korean math prodigy at one of the nation’s top high schools had Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on the phone, personally encouraging the teenager to attend Harvard University. She received letters from Harvard professors, encouraging her to bring her brilliant abilities to Cambridge next fall instead of accepting her admission to Stanford University on the opposite coast.Read full article >>”
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University of Washington and Chinese University Unite to Form Technology Institute
by NYT > Education
Jun 18, 2015
“With $40 million from Microsoft, the Global Innovation Exchange will open in fall 2016, and offer a master’s degree in technology innovation.”
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Colleges That Gave Fortune 500 CEOs Their Start
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 18, 2015
“A college degree won't guarantee career success, but getting one can be a step in the right direction toward becoming an industry leader.”
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Bills to help prevent suicide at colleges approved by panel
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 18, 2015
“Suicide-prevention legislation inspired by a New Jersey high school track star and Ivy League college student who took her own life was advanced Thursday by a state Senate committee.”
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Panelists talk about campus sexual assault — the scope of the problem, and ways to prevent it
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 18, 2015
“Do we really need more sexual assault legislation? Could reducing drinking help make a major change in the number of sexual assaults in college? Why don’t more people report rape to the police? Should colleges have the same standards of evidence as the criminal justice system?Read full article >>”
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Prosecutor outlines why he dropped charges against black U-Va. student
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 18, 2015
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was doing nothing wrong the night he ended up bloodied and in a jail cell after an encounter with state Alcoholic Beverage Control officers, a prosecutor said Wednesday.Read full article >>”
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Lawyers defending Hannah Graham suspect file for judge’s removal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 18, 2015
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — Lawyers defending Jesse L. Matthew Jr. against capital murder charges related to the death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham have asked that a judge assigned to the case be removed because her daughter is a U-Va. student who attended a vigil for Graham in September.Read full article >>”
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Strauss: Radical Pop-Up Schools: A new way to reach educationally disadvantaged communities
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 17, 2015
“There’s a new thing in education — “pop up schools.” What and why are they — and who is behind them? This post, by Christia Mercer, the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, explains. She is also editor of Oxford Philosophical Concepts, co-editor of Oxford New Histories of Philosophy, and winner of the 2008 Columbia College Great Teacher Award and the 2012 Mark van Doren Teaching Award. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project, a national initiative devoted to increasing the public impact of underrepresented voices. You can follow her on Twitter @christiamercer8.Read full article >>”
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